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Puerto Rico Supreme Court Sets Standard to Apply the Successor Liability Doctrine

by Littler on

The Puerto Rico Supreme Court (“PRSC”) recently issued an Opinion in the case of Roldán Flores v. M. Cuebas, 2018 TSPR 18, 199 D.P.R. __ (Feb. 6, 2018), in which it addressed again the requirements for applying the “successor...more

Sixth Circuit rules Title VII outweighs religious defense in case of transgender employee

by McAfee & Taft on

While the debate is still not settled as to whether Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination applies to LGBTQ workers, at least one more federal appeals court has officially weighed in on the subject. On March 7, 2018,...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Discrimination Based on Transgender Status is Prohibited Under Title VII

In a unanimous decision in EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., a three-judge Sixth Circuit panel has held that discrimination on the basis of transgender status is “necessarily” discrimination on the basis of sex...more

Supreme Court Limits Scope of Anti-Retaliation Protections for Whistleblowers Under Dodd-Frank

by White & Case LLP on

Supreme Court Limits Scope of Anti-Retaliation Protections for Whistleblowers Under Dodd-Frank: Rules That Protections Only Apply to Whistleblowers Who First Report Directly to the SEC - On February 21, 2018, in Digital...more

NRLB Rules on Google’s Firing of Outspoken Engineer

by LeClairRyan on

A recently released NLRB memo has concluded that Google did not break any labor laws when they fired James Damore. Damore, a senior software engineer, was fired in August after writing and circulating an internal memo that...more

With yet another court ruling sexual orientation discrimination unlawful, Supreme Court expected to weigh in

by McAfee & Taft on

Courts have disagreed on whether an employer discriminating against an employee based upon their sexual orientation violates federal anti-discrimination laws. Yesterday’s ruling by a New York federal appeals court means this...more

Second Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Prohibited Under Title VII

In an en banc decision in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., the Second Circuit has become the latest federal appeals court to hold that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is prohibited sex discrimination under...more

Eighth Circuit: Employer May “Elaborate” On Explanation For Termination During Litigation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a recent decision, the Eighth Circuit held that Title VII does not require an employer to provide an employee a reason for termination at the time of termination, and that an employer is not strictly...more

Nobody Doesn’t Like Terminating Sanctions for Fabrication of Text Messages: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Lee v. Trees, Inc., No. 3:15-cv-0165-AC (D. Or. Nov. 6, 2017), Oregon Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta granted the defendants’ motion for terminating sanctions where the plaintiff was found to have manufactured text...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

Berkheimer v. HP Inc., Appeal No. 2017-1437 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 8, 2018) - In Berkheimer v. HP Inc., the Federal Circuit reviewed the District Court’s summary judgment finding that certain claims of a patent were invalid as...more

Texts From Your Ex? Not So Fast- Make Sure To Preserve Your Evidence

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A case out of the District of Oregon recently dismissed a Plaintiff’s sexual harassment and retaliation claims where the allegations relied on manufactured text messages that Plaintiff failed to produce. ...more

New Lawsuit Alleges Rush to Judgment in #MeToo Climate

Newton’s Third Law of Physics states that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” A recent Complaint filed in the Southern District of New York suggests that this principle may also hold true for the...more

New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act Requires Election of Remedies Before Summary Judgment

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently held that the proper time for a plaintiff to elect whether to proceed with a statutory whistleblower claim under CEPA, or a common law Pierce...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Upholds $1.5 Million Whistleblower Jury Verdict

On January 22, 2018, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict awarding approximately $1.5 million in damages to a radiation oncologist after finding that she had been constructively and wrongfully terminated in...more

Portland Jury Awards $1 Million to Whistleblower

On January 17, 2018, a Portland, Oregon jury issued a verdict of $1 million in damages to a former employee who alleged that his employer retaliated against him for reporting misconduct. Zweizig v. Northwest Direct...more

SCOTUS Ruling Helps Plaintiffs Get Second Bite At The Apple Through Supplemental State Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

In a 5 to 4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that any statute of limitations applicable to an employee’s state law claims are suspended during the pendency of a federal lawsuit in which the state law claims are...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2018

Trial Court Erroneously Granted Bill Cosby's Anti-SLAPP Motion - Dickinson v. Cosby, 17 Cal. App. 5th 655 (2017) - After Janice Dickinson went public with her accusations of rape against Bill Cosby, Cosby's attorney...more

Withdrawal of an Admission in California May Shift Costs—Including Attorneys’ Fees—Incurred in Connection with the Withdrawal

by Snell & Wilmer on

Under California Code of Civil Procedure section 2033.300, a court may permit a party to withdraw an admission made in response to a request for admission upon noticed motion. The court may only do so, however, “if it...more

University Learns a New Lesson: Transgender Discrimination Landmark Verdict in Oklahoma

In a landmark case, an eight-person jury (six women and two men) awarded a transgender professor, Rachel Tudor, more than $1.1 million in her claim that her former employer discriminated against her on the basis of her sex....more

Insurance Coverage in the Post-Weinstein Era

With new headlines involving sexual harassment and other inappropriate sexual conduct continuing to emerge on a daily basis, insurance coverage for claims that might emerge is something every company should consider....more

FMLA FAQ: If an Employee Racks Up Both FMLA and Unexcused Absences, Can He Be Terminated?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Here’s a puzzle for you. How would you handle it? Mary Beth is a nurse for a local hospital and has been diagnosed with cancer and asthma. 1. She is certified for FMLA leave for her cancer and asthma; 2. She incurs...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: October 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve disability discrimination claims and procedural issues related to workers’ compensation proceedings....more

Whistleblower Status Up For Debate Before SCOTUS: Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers

The nation’s top court will soon decide a key aspect of how employers should handle employee complaints about possible fraud or financial wrongdoing in the company that may violate federal laws. These situations provide...more

Where the Whistle Blows: Justices Express Doubt That Dodd-Frank Protection Shields Internal Whistleblowing

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, it bolstered protections for whistleblowers who report certain kinds of misconduct, such as violations of securities law. At the time, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act already provided...more

The Arguments in Digital Realty: A Glimpse of Future Battles

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court heard argument in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Paul Somers, No. 16-1276. The case centers on the question of who is a whistleblower and entitled to the protections of the Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation...more

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